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WALTON, Izaak and Charles COTTON A VERY FINE SET OF THE FIRS...

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WALTON, Izaak and Charles COTTON. A VERY FINE SET OF THE FIRST FIVE EDITIONS of the Compleat Angler , comprising
WALTON, Izaak and Charles COTTON. A VERY FINE SET OF THE FIRST FIVE EDITIONS of the Compleat Angler , comprising: 1. The Compleat Angler, or the Contemplative Man's Recreation . London: T. Maxcy for Richard Marriot, 1653. 8 o (142 x 88 mm). Engraved cartouche of title-page and 6 engraved vignettes of fish in text; the cantus and bassus parts of the Angler's Song set to music by Henry Lawes on pp. 216-7, the latter printed upside down to enable two singers to sing from the same book while facing each other; woodcut initials and ornaments. (Gutter margins of A2-3 renewed.) FIRST EDITION, a tall copy: as tall as the Holford-Berland copy in contemporary calf. With most of the misprints and variations listed in Oliver and Horne, including: A3 recto line 13 reads "dilgence"; p.71 is misnumbered 81 and with engraving of trout at the foot of the page; p.88 line 10 reads "Fordidg"; p.245 line 17 reads "contentment." "The text of this charming idyll was greatly expanded in the second and later editions which gives to this edition an importance other than that due its priority" (Pforzheimer). Coigney 1; Grolier English 31; Grolier Wither to Prior 947; Horne 1; Oliver 1; Pforzheimer 1048; Westwood & Satchell 217; Wing W661. 2. The Compleat Angler, or the Contemplative Man's Recreation... The Second Edition much enlarged. London: T. M. for Richard Marriot, 1655. 12 o (141 x 79 mm). Engraved cartouche on title-page, 10 engravings of fish in text, music of the Angler's Song on pp.298-9, the latter printed upside down as in the previous, woodcut intials and ornaments. (Title-page remargined, some headlines or numerals shaved, Angler's Song shaved along fore-edges.) Second Edition. Horne 2; Oliver 2. 3. The Compleat Angler, or the Contemplative Man's Recreation... The third Edition much enlarged . London: J.G. for Richard Marriot, 1661. 8 o (145 x 80 mm). Engraved cartouche on title-page, 10 engravings of fish in text, music of the Angler's Song on pp. 214-5, the latter printed upside down as in the previous, woodcut initials and ornaments. (Title-page remargined, a few headlines or fore-edges shaved.) Third edition. Horne 3; Oliver 3. 4. The Compleat Angler, or the Contemplative Man's Recreation... The Fourth Edition, much corrected and enlarged . London: Printed for R. Marriot, 1668. 8 o (140 x 88 mm). Engraved cartouche on title-page, 10 engravings of fish in text, music of the Angler's Song on pp. 214-5, the latter printed upside down as in the previous. (Title-page remargined, some pale spotting.) Fourth edition. Horne 5; Oliver 5. 5. WALTON, Izaak, Charles COTTON and Robert VENABLES. The Compleat Angler, or the Contemplative Man's Recreation... the Fifth Edition much corrected and enlarged . London: Richard Marriot, 1676. 8 o (142 x 89 mm). Engraved cartouche on title-page to part one, engraved monogram on title-page to part two, engraved title-page to part three, 10 engravings of fish in text, music of the Angler's Song on pp. 225-6 of part one. (Margin repair to second title.) Fifth edition of the first part, FIRST EDITION of part two, fourth edition of part three. Horne 6; Oliver 6. Uniformly bound in blue morocco, sides with gilt and inlaid figures of fish, river beds and reeds in tan, green and brown morocco, blue morocco doublures, each with figures of fish, flowers or waves stamped in gilt, blue watered silk linings, edges gilt, by Riviere and Son (the first with some light rubbing to upper joint, others with slightest wear at ends of joints). Provenance : M.C.D. Borden (bookplates). The first edition is notable for its multitude of type-setting errors, some of which were corrected during printing. Since the corrected and uncorrected sheets were used indiscriminately, variants are plentiful. The present copy of the first edition has most of the errors listed by Horne and Oliver. A VERY FINE SET OF ONE OF THE GREAT CLASSICS OF ENGLISH PASTORAL LITERATURE IN A FINE INLAID BINDING. (5)

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts including Americana
Date of the auction: 5 Dec 2006
Address: Christie's
5 December 2006, New York, Rockefeller Center